DIY: Kombucha

kombucha-1074594_960_720I’ve recently gotten into kombucha. I’ve been drinking Kombucha Wonder Drink‘s brand (shout out to the Juniper Berry Spearmint & Lemon Kombucha – my absolute favourite) and noticed an improvement in both my digestion and energy level.

Kombucha is an ancient tea. Kombucha Wonder’s website explains where it may have come from:

While no one really knows for sure, it is believed kombucha was first brewed in the ancient Himalayas, where it was revered for its cleansing and detoxifying properties. From there, the sparkling fermented tea spread over centuries, first through China and the rest of Asia, and then through parts of Europe, passed down from generation to generation as the secret to health and vitality.

Kombucha is supposed to be full of health benefits. According to Wellness Mama:

It isn’t some magic pill or silver bullet, but it may help the body function well by supporting:

  • Liver detoxification
  • Improved pancreas function
  • Increased energy
  • Better digestion
  • Improved mood (helps with anxiety/depression)
  • Reducing Candida (yeast)
  • Helps nutrient assimilation
  • May be beneficial for weight loss

scoby_mushroomSo instead of spending $4+ on one bottle, I decided to buy a kit and brew my own right at home! I purchased Karma Culture’s easy brew kombucha kit and got right into it. Note: their brew kit doesn’t come with SCOBY (the yeast that’s needed to brew the tea). You can purchase it on their website, or do what I did, and find someone on Kijiji to buy from.
Karma Culture’s brew kit made it super easy! I just followed their instructions, and now I’m anxiously awaiting it to ferment so I can flavour and sip!

You don’t have to buy the brew kit, just follow some YouTube videos to get started on your own batch. Here’s a good one:

Have you made your own kombucha? Send me your kombucha brewing tips to sippingsimply@gmail.com!

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